L.A. County officials deliver criminal justice reform updates

first_imgHomeSportsCommunityL.A. County officials deliver criminal justice reform updates Jul. 03, 2020 at 6:00 amCommunityCrimeFeaturedNewsL.A. County officials deliver criminal justice reform updatesBrennon Dixson11 months agoAnti-Recidivism Coalitionconferencecriminal justice reform updatesLA County Sheriff Civilian Oversight CommissionOffice of Inspector General In an effort to provide members of the general public with information related to developing police reform updates, community leaders from the Los Angeles County Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission, Office of Inspector General and the Anti-Recidivism Coalition gathered Wednesday for a news conference hosted by Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Pro Tem Hilda Solis.Lasting a little under an hour, Wednesday’s conference included a number of important updates pertaining to the county’s immigrant and vulnerable communities who are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.“Today, I want to talk about the need for historically underserved communities of color to receive the resources that they need and deserve,” Solis said at the beginning of the conference when she mentioned a need to divide the available resources evenly. “This is what justice is about. It’s what the marches in the streets are about. And it’s time to shift our mindset.”As she shared graphics depicting the ways black and brown communities have endured decades of underinvestment and are now struggling during the pandemic, Solis said, “there will be more opportunities in the coming weeks to push for bold and systemic changes — to push for more investments in our underserved areas. And that is exactly what I’m committed to doing.”Solis added, “People will only achieve their full potential if they’re provided with health and mental health care, job opportunities and affordable housing, instead of a jail cell,” which is why Max Huntsman, Inspector General for the County of Los Angeles, was invited to discuss the reform efforts he is currently undertaking.“I believe we’re at a moment now where we can make great progress,” Huntsman said, before addressing body-worn cameras — which were recommended almost a decade ago by the LA County Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission. “The board has provided funding and it is ready. And LASD has said that they will begin a partial program to implement the body cameras by the end of this year,” but there is still no plan from LASD for implementing complete camera coverage, which is an action Huntsman and his peers take issue with.“Now, as all of you know, our country’s in the middle of a critical debate on how to effectively reform law enforcement to reduce the lethal use of force and make policing more accountable,” said Hernán Vera, commissioner of the LA County Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission. “Two weeks ago, the civilian oversight commission adopted a resolution with 18 separate recommendations as first steps towards needed reforms. Now, some have said that these recommendations are simply band-aids,” but Vera disagrees.“If implemented, I believe they can make an enormous difference,” Vera said, after Huntsman aired his grievances with LASD for refusing to comply with subpoenas from the oversight commission, which was a power granted by voters last year.“The county has started legal action,” Huntsman said. And while that’s a slow process, it is one that residents hope will lead to law enforcement following the [email protected] :Anti-Recidivism Coalitionconferencecriminal justice reform updatesLA County Sheriff Civilian Oversight CommissionOffice of Inspector Generalshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentSanta Monica Strengthens Face Covering Requirement and Allows for Citations and Refusal of Service Los Angeles Council tackles “driving while Black”You Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall6 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter17 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor17 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press17 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press17 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson17 hours agolast_img read more

Senate leader on tax policy seeks to increase capital gains taxes

first_imgSen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., is set to become chairman of the Senate Finance Committee next week after President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are sworn into office. Harris’ tie-breaking vote will give Democrats the majority in a 50-50 Senate and will elevate Wyden, who previously was the ranking Democrat on the finance panel.One theme of Wyden’s committee agenda is to rebuild the American economy so that it “works for all Americans,” he told reporters on a Wednesday conference call.“That has to start with fixing the broken tax code and requiring millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share,” Wyden said.He said he is working on a proposal that would reform capital gains taxes on the “top 0.3% of taxpayers” by equalizing rates on wages and investment income, which is currently taxed at a lower rate than ordinary income, and minimizing the benefits of deferring taxes.“We need comprehensive capital gains reform,” Wyden said. “This is a kitchen-table issue.” But narrow Senate and House majorities for Democrats may limit their ability to advance tax proposals. In order to get around a Senate filibuster, which requires 60 votes for approval, Wyden could put high-priority tax provisions in a budget reconciliation bill, which only requires a majority vote.Even under reconciliation, all 50 Senate Democrats would have to support it. Keeping moderate Democrats, such as Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, on board depends on what’s in the reconciliation bill, said Palmer Schoening, chairman of the Family Business Coalition.“The key is to get the votes from the moderate Democrats,” Schoening said.Senate Democrats haven’t set a reconciliation strategy. “I’m working with the Democratic leadership to sort through the various issues related to reconciliation,” Wyden said. The incoming leader of the Senate tax-writing committee said one of his goals is to raise tax rates on capital gains to ensure wealthy Americans “pay their fair share” of taxes. A nurse taking care of coronavirus patients can’t defer paying her taxes, but a billionaire “can defer and defer and defer some more and then never pay any taxes at all,” Wyden said. “My plan would put an end to that. The revenue generated by ending the ability of the wealthy to pay what they want when they want to would preserve the Social Security system for decades to come, and there would be additional revenue for other priorities.”Wyden said he began formulating the capital gains tax plan last September and would introduce it in the coming months. His focus on raising investment taxes dovetails with Biden’s support for hiking them on Americans who earn more than $1 million, an idea he floated during his presidential campaign. Changing capital gains taxation could be a heavy lift because of the nuances of tax policy, said Jennifer Benda, shareholder at the law firm Hall Estill.“If you’re trying to fix our broken tax code, adding complexity doesn’t accomplish that goal, even if you push the complexity to the most wealthy,” Benda said. “It always trickles down to the less wealthy somehow.”Wyden offered a capital gains reform proposal in 2019 to equalize the treatment of wages and wealth. It’s not clear to how closely the proposal Wyden is working on now will resemble the previous effort.Pete Sepp, president of the National Taxpayers Union, said one of the challenges Wyden faces is that different treatment of wages and investments is baked into taxation.“There’s always been a recognition in the tax code that [taxing] the income on investments you bought with wage income would be some form of double taxation if there weren’t a different or lower rate,” Sepp said.An effort to raise taxes on the wealthy could hurt small businesses, Schoening said.“Successful U.S. family businesses who are competing against large corporations are concerned about being caught in the middle of Senate Democrats’ efforts to increase capital taxes,” he said. “Attempting to make the tax code more progressive by increasing taxes on capital will have the unintended consequence of hurting family businesses that are already struggling to stay afloat.”Wyden said he hadn’t determined what tax rate should be set for capital gains. “These are issues that need to be worked through.”last_img read more

Gdansk, Herning and Malmo keep the Olympic secret

first_imgRecommended for you Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Related Items:Gdansk, herning, Malmo, Olympic handball, rio 2016 handball Pots for Olympic Handball draw! ShareTweetShareShareEmail Click to comment SECRET OF RUSSIAN GOLD: Trefilov understood the message! ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsTwelve teams for only six places! Olympic qualification tournaments in Gdansk (Poland), Herning (Denmark) and Malmo (Sweden) will give two teams each which will compete in Rio next summer.Here are a complete schedule of this weekend’s battles.Group 1Poland, Macedonia, Chile and Tunisia.Friday, April 818:30 Chile – Tunisia20:30 Poland – MacedoniaSaturday, April 918:30 Macedonia – Tunisia20:30 Poland – ChileSunday, April 1018:00 Macedonia – Chile20:00 Tunisia – PolandGroup 2Spain, Iran, Slovenia and Sweden.Friday, April 817:00 Spain – Slovenia19:15 Iran – SwedenSaturday, April 916:15 Spain – Iran18:30 Sweden – SloveniaSunday, April 1016:30 Sweden – Spain18:45 Slovenia – IranGroup 3Denmark, Croatia, Norway and Bahrain.Friday, April 818:30 Norway – Bahrain20:30 Denmark – CroatiaSaturday, April 918:30 Croatia – Bahrain20:30 Denmark – NorwaySunday, April 1018:00 Croatia – Norway20:00 Bahrain – Denmark Hungary wins on their second main round presentationlast_img read more

Dembele station drank the alcohol of Levski’s doctor

first_imgThe former striker of Levski Gara Dembele drank the alcohol of the then doctor of the “blues”. Before the match, the striker turned over four coffees with three energy drinks. This was revealed by Daniel Mladenov, who played with Gara in Levski.“I remember one time, Dr. Jean was giving us injections and the place was smeared with alcohol. It was Gara’s turn and he grabbed the bottle and said ‘let me see what it is’ and drank the alcohol. We all laughed. Otherwise it was “A very good boy and a good footballer. Before the match he drank four coffees and three energy drinks! His eyes turned red. We were close at the time, but then we lost track,” Mladenov told Sportal.Maurides reminded of Dembele StationThe Brazilian is unlikely to improve on the French bladelast_img

Strong winds provide fitting end to Phuket Raceweek

first_imgBoats under full sail at the 15th Phuket Raceweek.There were some tired faces on the beachfront as sailors prepared for the fourth and final day of racing at the Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek. Three full-on race days with winds averaging 16-22 knots throughout had taken their toll.Similar conditions on the final day made for a fitting finale to a memorable 15th anniversary Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek.Ray Roberts’ Team Hollywood thrived in the conditions, winning eight from eight to capture the third consecutive IRC I title for Ray Roberts, and second on Team Hollywood (2016 he won on his other TP52, Millenium Racing).In the IRC I – 40 Division, four competitive 40-footers were enjoying some neck-and-neck battles on-the-water, where the smallest error was enough to cost a place. In the end it was the ever-young Aquarii that proved they can still mix it with the best on IRC handicap and won overall. Loco upped their game in the second half of the regatta to claim second while East Marine Emagine tied with Ramrod and won on count-back. A DNF in the final race for Phoenix blew it open for the rest of the IRC II class and the podium places, and it was the fast finishing Susan Parker and her crew on Krabi Boat Lagoon Pinocchio who claimed second place on countback over Max Palleschi’s Prime Factor. With seven wins from eight races Phoenix defended their title and made it a three-peat at the Phuket Raceweek.A single race showdown in the Cruising Class saw Chris Mitchell’s Lady Bubbly record a win on the final day but it wasn’t enough to overhaul Keith Garry’s Beaux Esprits who held on to win the series by a single point. Venture, skippered by Tony Pfeiffer finished third.Team Hollywood race to the marker and the IRC I title.Multihull Racing was finely balanced with Bladerunner IX and Fugazi tied at the top coming into the final day, and with two races planned anything could happen. Fast out of the blocks in Race 1 was Scott Galle’s Bladerunner IX and although Dan Fidock’s Fugazi went on to claim their seventh line honours, the time difference just wasn’t enough and Bladerunner IX corrected out ahead to draw first blood. Fugazi would need to win the final race to tie the points and force it to a decision on count-back.The second race saw the fleet off on a longer course, around the islands and flying their hulls the two trimarans made light work of it. Despite finishing 13 minutes head, it wasn’t enough and Fugazi had to settle for second in the race and second overall. After some close racing and having come from behind, Bladerunner IX were crowned class winners while Cosmo had to settle for third overall.The team on Twin Sharks were dominant once more in the Firefly 850 class.John Newnham and his Twin Sharks team wrapped up the Firefly 850 title in three days, extending Newnham’s winning streak to six consecutive Phuket Raceweek wins.In the dial up for the Pulse 600s a port-starboard incident between Pixalux and SuDu Red saw Pixalux complete their penalty turn as the start gun went off. SuDu Red sailed off-the-line clean and Pixalux was playing catch-up for the rest of the race. They managed to sail back into contention and finish second behind Simon Oliver’s SuDu Red and tied the series points, but due to more first place finishes for Pixalux, they claimed the title while Zam Bevan’s Multihull Solutions H30 finished third overall.Sponsored by the Cape Panwa Hotel, the Phuket Raceweek took place from July 19-22. For more information, visit www. phuketraceweek.com.(Photos courtesy Guy Nowell)Susan Parker and her crew on Krabi Boat Lagoon Pinocchio finished second in IRC II class.Strong winds and close racing were prominent at this year’s Raceweek.last_img read more

Indonesia Masters 2019: Saina Nehwal scripts a brilliant comeback to reach finals of the…

first_imgAdvertisement 5s2uNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsulWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ecif8u( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ovt1Would you ever consider trying this?😱82nCan your students do this? 🌚42exbRoller skating! Powered by Firework Saina Nehwal scripted a brilliant comeback to win her semi-final encounter against China’s He Bingjao in the 2019 Indonesia Masters. The 28-year-old outclassed the World No.6 18-21, 21-12, 21-18.Advertisement Saina Nehwal will cross swords with her familiar foe Carolina Marin in the finalsIn the first set, the World No.8 took an unassailable 11-7 lead in the break which she extended to 16-11. However, the Chinese narrowed it down to 15-16 before overtaking her at 18-all and winning three consecutive points to win the set.Saina started the second set strongly and grabbed a 6-3 lead early on. Bingjao’s unforced errors made the matters simpler for the Olympic Bronze medalist who went into the break with a 11-3 advantage. She showed no mercy and won the set 21-12.Advertisement In the decider, Saina again took an indomitable early lead at 9-5. However, Bingjao leveled the playing field at 10-all. From then on, the battle became that of nerves. Saina screamed and roared her way to the victory after picking three consecutive points from 18-all.India’s other shuttlers PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth bowed out in the quarterfinals whereas Subhankar Dey and Parupalli Kashyap got themselves knocked out in the first round itself.Advertisement Saina Nehwal will now face Olympic Gold medalist Carolina Marin in the finals to claim the coveted trophy and $26250 USD. Advertisementlast_img read more

Slash and burned

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Maddock takes maternity leave

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Mandela’s legacy lives on in each of us

first_imgNelson Mandela’s advocacy of peace, human rights and reconciliation permeates throughout the world. His ideals live on in the good deeds of ordinary people across the planet. Nelson Mandela leaves a positive legacy, with everyone encouraged to improve the world. From Mandela Day, to feeding the hungry and building houses for the poor, every act of kindness counts. (Image: Mandela Day Media Tool Kit) • Mandela Day aiming for 160 countries • Mandela’s presidential years to get book treatment • Newspapers report Nelson Mandela’s release, 25 years ago • The day Nelson Mandela walked out of prison • Places to visit on Madiba’s Journey Priya Pitamber“It is in your hands to create a better world for all who live in it.” Nelson Mandela’s advice has left a lasting impact; his memory, his work, and his beliefs live on in the hearts and minds of South Africans and the global community, in people playing their part to improve the state of the world.In 2009, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously agreed that 18 July, Mandela’s birthday, should be declared Nelson Mandela International Day. The purpose of the declaration was to “honour the long history of Mandela’s leading role in the creation of a non-racial, non-sexist, democratic South Africa”.Mandela strove to build a better society, wherever he was. As such, the resolution also recognised his “values and dedication to the service of humanity, in the fields of conflict resolution, race relations, the promotion and protection of human rights, reconciliation, gender equality and the rights of children and other vulnerable groups, as well as the upliftment of poor and underdeveloped communities”, the UN site reads.It acknowledges his contribution to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world.UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon said international the theme behind the day was “Take Action, Inspire Change”, which highlighted the importance of working together to build a peaceful, sustainable and equitable world.In South Africa, July is also known has Mandela Month. Areas flagged for improvement are shelter, volunteerism, education, literacy, food and security.Kicking off Mandela MonthMandela Month acts of goodwill started across South Africa at the beginning of the month. In early July, in the Cape Town suburb of Morning Star, a group of prisoners worked with the Department of Human Settlements to renovate and build 16 homes in the township.Deputy Minister Zou Kota-Fredericks, in partnership with the Department of Correctional Services and other stakeholders, visited the site where prisoners put their handyman skills to use in building homes and renovating existing structures. The inmates were from the Goodwood and Pollsmoor correctional facilities.One resident, Simon Filander, was at a loss for words when the inmates and the department showed up on his doorstep, ready to get to work. “This makes things easier,” he said. “There is no word in the dictionary that I can look up to explain how grateful we are that this is happening to us.”Manelisi Hlakuva, an inmate at Goodwood Correctional Centre, was glad to be part of the initiative. “We are here to help this community, also in honour of the late Tata [Mandela],” he explained. “He also valued helping other people and we also decided it was good for us to make a positive contribution to the community.”No matter where you are right now, there is a chance to help someone less fortunate #MandelaDay #Time2Serve pic.twitter.com/bK5rgjl1rI — NelsonMandela (@NelsonMandela) July 4, 201567, the charmed numberThe Nelson Mandela Foundation encourages the power of one person to make a change. “Mandela has been making an imprint on the world for 67 years, beginning in 1942 when he first started to campaign for the human rights of every South African. His life has been an inspiration to the world.”The organisation has encouraged people to give 67 minutes of their own time to do something good and to make a positive contribution to humankind. This year, Stop Hunger Now launched the Southern Africa Million Meal Challenge. The meal-packing drive will take place in South Africa’s three major cities of Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Durban. Thousands of volunteers will work in 67-minute shifts to pack a million meals.“This is a world first attempt at a country packaging one million meals in one day with three cities involved and being undertaken completely by corporate volunteers who want to spend their 67 minutes in a manner that is not only fun but also ensuring no child goes hungry,” said Saira Khan, the chief executive of Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa.Mandela’s widow, Graça Machel, is the chief patron of the organisation. It has inspired local celebrities Elvis Blue, Roxi Wardman and Chad Saaiman to take part in this year’s Mandela Day challenge.Wardman, the winner of South African Masterchef in 2014, will be doing her part in Durban. She said she loved to get involved to support the community where she could. “I’m hoping to help and feed all those hungry people out there, and meet like-minded individuals who want to change the world slowly but surely.”She said when she thought of Mandela the ideas of equality, unity, rainbow nation, love, and peace came to mind. “I keep his ideas alive, by never judging anyone who comes in my path, and trying to do my part in society.”Changing the world, one book at a time“South Africa’s democratic vision is about making it possible to give our youth a fighting chance – that is, the opportunity to try,” said the chief executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Sello Hatang. “Education is still the foundation of this opportunity. The most basic building block that holds that foundation together is still literacy.”Corporates have responded to the organisation’s call to donate container libraries to schools across the country. The most recent recipient of books, from the Cotton On Foundation, was Batsogile Primary School in Soweto, Johannesburg.The group believed education was the key to breaking the cycle of poverty, explained the general manager of the Cotton On Foundation, Tim Diamond.“At the dawn of the 21st century, in a world where knowledge truly is power and literacy is the skill that unlocks the gates of opportunity and success, we all have a responsibility as parents, as caregivers, as educators, as leaders and as citizens, to instil in our children the critical drive for literacy and learning so that we can give them the chance to fulfil their dreams,” Hatang said.With every small act of kindness completed, Mandela’s legacy can only continue to thrive and improve the world in every small, or big way, possible.See the Nelson Mandela Foundation website or the Mandela Day website for more information.last_img read more

“Internet’s Own Boy”: The Life & Legacy of Aaron Swartz

first_imgEditor’s note: This post was originally published by our partners at bio.Aaron Swartz started computer programming at a very young age. First it was a Star Wars trivia game he made with his brother, but soon it was more than just kid stuff. At 12 years old, he created the Info Network, a website where people could share information – think Wikipedia before there was Wikipedia. By 13, Swartz was part of a committee that drafted the RSS web feed format, he was one of the early authors of Creative Commons and was a co-founder of Reddit. But he was a computer whiz kid whose goals were loftier than conquering Silicon Valley – he wanted to make the world a better place.Aaron Swartz Photo Fourteen-year-old Aaron Swartz with Internet pioneers Ted Nelson and Doug Engelbart. (Photo: E E Kim)Swartz turned his computer genius to political organizing and he became a champion of information sharing and online freedoms. But his activism didn’t come without a cost: he faced 35 years in prison and $1 million in fines for downloading scholarly articles from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, leading to a two-year legal battle with the federal government that ended when Swartz took his own life on January 11, 2013.Soon after Swartz’s death, director Brian Knappenberger, whose previous film was We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists, began filming a documentary about his life. Although Knappenberger didn’t know Swartz personally, he was “inspired, infuriated and frustrated” by his suicide, and saw his life not only as a compelling film, but a call to action to continue the work Swartz had started.Bio talked to Knappenberger as he prepared for today’s nationwide release of The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz.Do you think Aaron was largely a victim of circumstance? Or would the crack down on “computer crime” have inevitably snared him at some point, given his determination to push the envelope on matters of open access?I think you can’t separate Aaron’s story from the climate or the landscape in which it happened. Within a couple of weeks of Aaron’s arrest, WikiLeaks had released the diplomatic cables and the Afghan War logs and the PayPal 14 had conducted denial of service attacks against MasterCard, Visa and PayPal when those companies cut off financial services to WikiLeaks. It was also the beginning of the Arab Spring, and that year saw unprecedented hacker and hacktivist activity that ended with the Occupy movement. Time magazine’s Person of the Year was “The Protestor.” The year after that was the year of the crackdown and I do think Aaron got caught up in that. There was a kind of storm that happened with prosecutors being overzealous and a broken criminal justice system. He walked into that system where once that machinery got moving, it could never turn back.In the film, Aaron’s lawyer is confident he would have won the criminal case. Do you think he’s right?I think he genuinely had reasons to believe that they were going to win, and that a lot of the main evidence that they were going to use against Aaron was going to be thrown out. Obviously this was very tough for Aaron because there was never going to be another plea deal. He had turned down all of the pleas, the trial was looming and the pressure was on. Aaron ended up committing suicide within a few days of the two-year anniversary of his first arrest, and I don’t think that’s a coincidence.He was only 26 when he died, but he accomplished so much in his brief life. What do you feel were Aaron’s greatest contributions?I think a lot of people are inspired by his early years when he was in his mid to late teens and was such a substantive contributor to the early Internet. That legacy will live on. But then he made a turn from a very rich, post-Reddit sale 19-year-old who was in this build-to-flip, money machine start-up culture to being a crusader for social justice. He started using Internet tools to build grassroots political movements that really put his skills toward the public good. And I think ultimately that is what a lot of people will take away from his story. Certainly, there are bigger problems to focus on too, problems with our criminal justice system, problems with the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, outdated computer laws.Why isn’t there more of a push to reform the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the 1986 law the feds used to prosecute him? Who benefits from keeping the law in its current form? Specifically, who in the technology industry benefits?There was big movement to change the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act after Aaron died. One effort was called Aaron’s Law and honestly back at that point it looked like it was going to be pretty easy. Anybody who looks at this law can see that it’s nonsense. You don’t have to be technically inclined to know that we live in a different world now than we did in the 80s. The problem is that it is being stalled and a lot of tech companies have put up these hurdles that were unexpected. One of the [companies] that argued in those committees against changing the law were the representatives from Oracle. They liked that the law is kind of broad and vague and can be used for almost anything. You’d expect a little more support from the tech community, but in fact it’s quite the opposite.You’re releasing your film under a Creative Commons license. What kind of free distribution, copying, and remixing will that allow? How will that affect your ability to recoup the investment in your film?The way were going to do this is the movie is going to be in theaters in 25 cities nationwide on June 27th. It’s also going to be on video on demand and there is going to be a Vimeo version that is Creative Commons that can be shared, but it can’t be shared commercially. We’ll see how it affects our ability to recoup. It was important to do for a lot of reasons, but principally for Aaron. I had a lot of offers at Sundance, but they had to comport to this or else I wasn’t going to take them even though they were, let’s just say, distracting.What issue or issues do you think Aaron might be focused on these days, were he alive?Well, who knows? You can look at Demand Progress [the Internet activist organization Aaron founded] to get a clue about that. But there are two issues where I wish we had his energy. The NSA overreach and these revelations of mass suspicion-less surveillance of American citizens. A lot of people see it as a huge overreach and encroachment on constitutional rights and civil liberties. I have a feeling that Aaron would have been a warrior in that battle. The other area is net neutrality – it is clear he would have been involved with that. It really looks like net neutrality might be going the way of the Atari system.What suggestions might you have for people who would like to honor and help further his legacy?I think you can get up to speed about Internet issues and why it’s important. The Internet isn’t just a realm of geeks and hackers. It’s the place where we live now, and so we have to import into this world all of the things that we think are important from traditional notions of civil liberties, freedom of speech and protection from being searched by our government without due process. I think people can get informed about that and take their Congress folk to task to learn about these issues before they legislate these issues. But in a broader personal sense think of what you can do for the public good. We all have skills. You don’t have to be a genius hacker. What can you do for public service and how can you make things better? leanne french Tags:#Aaron Swartz#Contributed#Documentary#Entrepreneur#film#Hack Programming Language#Internet’s Own Boy#Reddit Related Posts 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac…center_img How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Why You Love Online Quizzeslast_img read more